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12/9/2010 Media Release
85% of Chamber Members in Favour of Higher Minimum Wage

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December 9, 2010

85% of Chamber Members in Favour of Higher Minimum Wage

Victoria, BC – In a recent survey of chamber members 85% were of the opinion the Province needed to increase the minimum wage. The survey respondents also indicated they were not concerned that an increase in minimum wage would put upwards pressure on overall wages.

The Chamber board reviewed the results and recognized that 82% of the respondents to the survey had a starting wage in excess of $10 dollars an hour. The concerns of the food and beverage sector in particular were acknowledged and the board supports the creation of a new level of minimum wage that recognizes significant income from either gratuities or commissions.

“The response from members was overwhelming with 20% of the Chamber membership responding to the survey in very short order. At the same time we heard from the many members who are very sensitive to the concerns of our members in the food and beverage sector where employee income is not well reflected by minimum wage,” said Bruce Carter CEO.

Full survey results are available on the Chamber Website or by request.

The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce has approximately 1500 members and is the voice of business for the Greater Victoria region. The Greater Victoria Chamber has received Accreditation with Distinction from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

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For more information contact:

Bruce Carter

Chief Executive Officer
Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce

Email:  bcarter@gvcc.org

Cell:  250-889-2271

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